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John

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  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (792)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Should be part of every school curriculum!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Magic of Reality?

    That Dawkins proves once again that reality is awsome, that we need to stop inventing supernatural stories to explain life in the universe. Life is super just as it is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    They bolied down some very complex theories and made them simple for anyone to understand. His model of the immensity of the universe (foot balls and perpercorns) is a great example.


    What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The awe that these seasoned verteans feel comes out in their voices, this is not a dry text but a love affair that they have with our planet, our galaxy, our universe.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Science and scientist are often painted with the brush that they are cold, heartless and unemotional, Lalla and Richard prove that in their case at least, this characterization is a cosmos from the truth.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eric Simons
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    For "Darwin Year," a fresh-eyed and enchanting journey through South America in his footsteps. One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed "southernmost city in the world," writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle. Simons had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and he found himself engrossed in Darwin's account.

    John says: "Narration ruins the book"
    "Narration ruins the book"
    Overall

    I am about to venture down to South America and will be actullay walking in some of Darwin's foot steps. I thought that this book would add a little colour and information to my trip. Unfortunately the narrator of this book has made it all but unlistenable. I find it very, very hard to get past the narrator's mechanistic e-nun-ci-ation of al-most ev-ery syl_able. I've played it for a few freinds and they insist that it is a machine/a computor and not a real human being doing the reading.
    I've listened to too many audio books to count over the years. I've had some favorite narrators and some not so favorite, none that would stop me from listening. If I wasn't traveling and hoping to get some useful information form this I would have given up on this one long ago.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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